Science Olympiad

UNCW to Host 2018 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad – March 10

Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties will compete in the annual Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 10.

The free event is coordinated by WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) in collaboration with campus, business and community volunteers.

Throughout the day, approximately 70 student teams will launch bottle rockets, build gliders, analyze forensic evidence and share knowledge of rocks and minerals as they compete in 46 activities designed to enhance their knowledge of STEM. The majority of the day’s events and the closing awards ceremony will be held in Trask Coliseum. Other activities will be held in the Watson College of Education, Dobo and DeLoach Halls, the Teaching Laboratory and on Hoggard Lawn.

In addition, 46 possible scholarships totaling up to $23,000 will be awarded and medals and trophies will be presented to top student and team finishers. Top finishing schools will go on to compete for state honors in Raleigh on April 21.

“The Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad competition has doubled in middle and high school student participation and interest over the past ten years,” said Dennis Kubasko, Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad director, and associate professor for secondary science education. “Science Olympiad is the largest STEM infused competition in the state of North Carolina and Wilmington is one its largest regional competitions. More than 150 volunteers, including UNCW faculty, staff and students, give their time, energy and expertise to engage our youth in STEM-infused experiences.”